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Best Outdoor Activities in Boston

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New England Aquarium Whale Watch

There are other boat companies offering whale watches departing from Boston Harbor, but this one by the New England Aquarium is the only one run by an organization dedicated to preserving whales and the waters where they live. Trips last three to five hours. If no whales are sighted on your trip, you receive a voucher for a return free trip.

Boston, MA, United States
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Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Located near Logan International Airport in East Boston, Belle Isle Marsh Reservation is the only remaining salt marsh in the city. Many species of fish and shellfish call this wetland home. Several species of birds also reside here, from shorebirds to snowy owls. Twenty-eight acres (11.3312 hectares) have been landscaped and include walking trails and an observation tower. The spectacular view allows you to watch the nearby plane traffic as well as Boston Harbor and the downtown skyline. Guided walks on salt marsh ecology and cultural history are also available. Open daily from 9a to dusk.

Winthrop, MA, United States
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Middlesex Fells Reservation

Established in 1894, Middlesex Fells Reservation is a popular leisure getaway in Massachusetts. It spreads across 2575 acres (1042 hectares) over Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham and Winchester. Locally referred to as the Fells, this state park offers visitors a plethora of recreational activities like hiking, biking, rock climbing, boating and fishing. Unwind with a picnic, follow trails to admire the natural beauty, and visit the observation tower for great views.

Medford, MA, United States
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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Spread out around the picturesque Boston Harbor, this acclaimed national recreation area is made up of 34 independent islands and peninsulas. This pristine area covers roughly 1482 acres (599.7 hectares) and allows visitors to truly absorb Boston's underrated natural beauty. An outdoor enthusiast's dream come true, the park offers an impressive selection of activities from beachside camping and hiking to kayaking, swimming and fishing. The islands are also home to a myriad of heritage sights like the Fort Warren, dating back the times of the Civil War and the oldest lighthouse the country, the 18th-century Boston Light. To access the recreational area, just hop on the harbor ferries that depart from Quincy, Hingham, Downtown Boston and Hull. Park rangers are usually on board the vessels and will be more than happy to assist you with your trip.

Boston, MA, United States
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Ponkapoag Camp of Appalachian Mountain Club

The Ponkapoad Camp of Appalachian Mountain Club is a monumental camp site. Originated and established by the renowned Appalachian Mountain Club, the campsite is a stellar adventure avenue for all enthusiasts. Built in 1920, the camp is open throughout the year. It makes way for an array of summer activities that are way too enthralling. The camp site stands listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Randolph, MA, United States
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Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

A stunning progression of pristine wetlands and marshes, the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge skims the rivers of Concord and Sudbury, covering more than 250 acres (100 hectares) of diverse habitats. The Sudbury unit of the park's is home to a visitor's center, while the Concord unit is replete with trails. A safe haven for native flora and fauna, the entire reserve is primarily known as a birdwatching destination that is home to everything from Blue-winged teals and black ducks to mallards and wood ducks. Also sheltering a number of mammals, Great Meadows bustles with red fox, cottontail rabbits, squirrels, weasels, beavers and White-tailed deer.

Sudbury, MA, United States
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